Monaco GP: Sergio Perez fastest in the opening Free Practice session

Sergio Perez tops the opening Monaco GP Free Practice session with a fastest time of 1m12.487s and Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari only 0.070s behind.

Whilst Carlos Sainz had an impressive run out in Monaco, the same cannot be said for his teammate Charles Leclerc.

What has Leclerc got to do to see the chequered flag at his home track? After barely completing four laps, the home hero suffered a session-ending gearbox failure putting him out of FP1 in the first 20 minutes.

Verstappen spent half of his FP1 session looking for a clear track but managed to find an opening to produce a lap time of 1m12.648s which placed him third.

A successful day for Alpha Tauri as Pierre Gasly finished up FP1 in fourth position behind the two Red Bulls and the Ferrari.

The two Mercedes-AMG cars had a quiet first practice in Monaco with Lewis Hamilton finishing in fifth and Valtteri Bottas in sixth.

McLaren were using this session as a test session with their new Gulf livery and although Lando Norris had some complaints to give about understeer, he still placed seventh below the two Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel filled eighth spot.

As for Daniel Ricciardo, a driver who has scored more points here than any other on the grid, placed all the way down in 15th.

Following his teammate’s success, Yuki Tsunoda impressed once again as he finished P9 on his first ever visit to Circuit de Monaco, 0.014s ahead of the more experienced Kimi Raikkonen in tenth.

Three drivers made contact with the tight walls of Circuit de Monaco, those were Nicholas Latifi, Fernando Alonso and Nikita Mazepin. Mazepin and Latifi suffered front right-wing damage but managed to continue with minor disruption.

Alonso took on some nose damage but again, managed to come back out on track to place himself 13th.